North Carolina cartel recruiter sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking conspiracy

Posted at 9:37 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 21:37:34-04

NORFOLK, Va. – A North Carolina woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for her role in a large heroin and meth trafficking conspiracy that originated in Sinaloa, Mexico, and ended in her arrest in Virginia Beach.

Court documents say 31-year-old Delia Marie Salinez of Greensboro, North Carolina, was a recruiter and drug courier operating out of the conspiracy’s North Carolina distribution point.

In March 2019, records say Salinez and two of her recruits packaged and drove roughly a kilogram of heroin and a kilogram of pure methamphetamine to Virginia Beach, where they thought they were going to sell the drugs. Instead, they were arrested during a SWAT takedown operation, and the drugs were seized.

The other two couriers, Maricella Williamson and Kenya Godinez-Camacho, were sentenced to 65 and 60 months in prison, respectively.

The case was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).

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